02.07.2023 18:00 GMT
Hello and welcome back to another Forgotten Hope 2 update.
Today we are showing off some of the equipemnt that the Norwegians were issued... or not.
The Norwegian Army of 1940 was in a sorry state after years of budget cuts and delayed procurement. This was made painfully clear by the hand grenade situation during the German invasion.
Despite Norway sometimes being referred to as the birthplace of the modern hand grenade, the Norwegian Army only showed limited interest in this invention. An early design by the pioneering arms inventor Nils Waltersen Aasen had been adopted in 1917 despite its complexity and questionable safety, and the sour experiences with this design lead to production and grenade training being phased out in the 1920's. In 1940 only a few hundred remaining grenades were available to Norwegian forces during the fighting, and they were distributed in minuscule numbers between units.
Most units therefore had to improvise or rely on captured hand grenades. Our improvised hand grenade is based on written descriptions from the campaign detailing how tin cans filled with dynamite proved to be an adequate, if somewhat unsafe, substitute for a more standardized model.
The Røkboks M/28 smoke candle was adopted in 1928. Like other smoke candles, the M/28 was meant to provide troops with a handy tool for signalling and screening. Its small size made it throwable, giving troops more flexibility in its deployment. A simple design, the smoke filling was activated by striking a friction fuse protected by a removable lid.
The M/28 would see service with both military and police forces up until 1940. Both grenades were made by Ashton.
Finally today, we have a promotional video for FH2 put together by Slayer.
That's all for this week, but be sure to come back next time for another update. Until then, feel free to visit our Discord, our public forums, our Twitter, our subreddit, and/or Facebook pages to discuss this update and other news.